Who We Are In Christ: Oneness (5 of 13) by Benny Perez
This content is part of a series.Who We Are In Christ: Oneness (5 of 13)
Series: Magnificent Jesus/Extraordinary Life (Ephesians)
The book is broken up into 2 sections: 1) the Believers Position, chapters 1 - 3, and 2) the Believers Practice chapters 4 - 6. This is important to understand that Position always precedes practice. Practice does not secure Position, rather your Position secures your practice. In other words God does not accept you on your Practice but rather on your Position secured in Christ.
Paul wrote Ephesians around A.D 62 from a prison cell in Rome. It was written to Gentile Believers living in the city of Ephesus. The City of Ephesus was a world class city. It would be considered an ancient Las Vegas. One of the 7 wonders of the world, Temple of Diana, was built there. The city was given over to sexuality, lavish and lascivious lifestyle.
Paul help establish an incredible local church that was impacting the city. People's lives were being changed and Jesus was being preached. Paul is now writing to encourage
Text: Ephesians 2:11 - 21
Tell Story of where I came from.
I. Don't Forget Where You Came From v. 11-13
A. Paul reminds them where they used to be.
1. It is good to remember where you used to be.
2. Remembering keeps us from Self Righteousness.
Key Pt: If we don't remember where we came from we can begin to become
Self Righteous and forget the Grace of God that has saved us.
B. Paul lists out how we were before Christ. V. 12
1. Did not have Jesus.
2. Did not have Jesus People.
3. Did not have Jesus' Promises.
4. Did not have hope.
Key Pt: Did not have hope because I did not have God. Hope is a result of having
Jesus in our lives. That God is working things out in my life. I am not
Slugging it out on my own.
II. Don't Forget What Christ Has Done v. 13
A. We have been United With Christ.
1. We were far away from God. Our sin separated ...
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